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Facemasks in China: Life After the Airpocalypse

Nov 26, 2014 Comments(5)

Facemask wearing people are an all too common sight in China, especially in large cities like Beijing where air pollution has become a notorious problem and cause of concern. With more pharmacies and shops selling a vibrant array of facemasks, it’s important to know what to look for and which brands are actually ...Read more>>

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How the Chinese Media Shapes Chinese Perception of the Outside World

Nov 24, 2014 Comments(4)

Though hard to imagine, the vast majority of Chinese citizens still depend solely on the Chinese media for their perceptions of the West. This article examines the stereotypes of Western people and countries that the Chinese media perpetuates, and how it ...... Read More>>

10 Easy Chinese Karaoke Songs: Impress Your Colleagues with Minimal Effort!

Nov 22, 2014 Comments(5)

Karaoke is one of the most popular social activities in China. Unfortunately, foreigners often encounter substantial language barriers with the music, struggling to keep up with most Chinese karaoke songs. Next time you go to a KTV, try these 10 easy ...... Read More>>

Bitter Revenge: Meet the Mistresses Who Led to the Downfall of 6 Officials Hot

Nov 19, 2014 Comments(9)

We all know the old saying “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”. Well, take note gentlemen: it seems there would be some truth in it after all. Let’s take a look at some of the more high profile officials and how their mistresses got one over on them. ...... Read More>>

Hong Kong: Making the Move to the Fragrant Harbour, Part 1

Nov 17, 2014 Comments(4)

Many expats working in China are deciding to relocate to Hong Kong for a variety of reasons, including lower taxation and higher salaries. Over the course of two articles, we’re going to explore the essentials that you need to know before taking the plunge ...... Read More>>

10 Tips for Avoiding Cultural Mishaps in China

Nov 15, 2014 Comments(6)

Those with little knowledge of China may discover that cultural differences can easily lead to challenges and cultural mishaps. We’ve compiled a guide of ten tips to help you avoid such mishaps, so read carefully if you’re planning a trip to the Middle ...... Read More>>

3G vs 4G for Mobile Phones in China: Does it Make a Difference?

Nov 12, 2014 Comments(7)

In most instances, analyzing mobile network technology is reserved for tech geeks who are looking to squeeze the absolute most performance out of their phones. However, in the case of mobile service providers in China, it can affect what phone you can use ...... Read More>>

Your Stories: Funniest Teaching Experiences in China

Nov 10, 2014 Comments(6)

We recently asked for your participation, in order to share some of the funniest teaching experiences from people living and teaching in China, because we know that there must be some amazing misunderstandings or mistranslations out there. Here are a few of ...... Read More>>

Meet the Chinese Parents: Making First Impressions Count

Nov 08, 2014 Comments(12)

For most expats, the greatest cultural test we’ll ever face in China occurs when meeting our partner’s parents for the first time. This article looks at some of the extra things you can do to help convince those hard-to-please parents that you’re good ...... Read More>>

A Guide to What Can Go Wrong When Getting Clothes Tailored in China

Nov 05, 2014 Comments(6)

Cheap – that’s exactly what custom-made can end up looking like here if you're not careful. How do you avoid the common pitfalls of getting less-than-desirable results when getting items tailor-made in China? Here is some advice. ... Read More>>

5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China You Must Visit

Nov 03, 2014 Comments(4)

China has a total of 47 UNESCO World heritage sites but hectic schedules and other obligations means that often we don’t get to see past the side of China lined by concrete and steel bars. Here are five you absolutely must visit. ... Read More>>

China’s Youth Hostel Culture: Younger Than its Customers

Oct 29, 2014 Comments(4)

Whilst youth hostelling has been a cheap and reliable way for people to acquire accommodation for over a century, the first hostel in China only opened in 1998. But what you trade in luxury you gain in terms of a vibrant social scene, local knowledge from ...... Read More>>

5 Health Idea Differences Between China and the West Hot

Oct 27, 2014 Comments(12)

There are many differences between the West and China regarding health practices and how best to stay healthy.Whilst none are dangerous, getting to the root of where these stem from is often difficult. Let’s take a look at some perceptions regarding ...... Read More>>

The Bewitching World of China’s Ghost Stories

Oct 25, 2014 Comments(5)

All over China, leaves are starting to crisp and fall. Trees lift blackened limbs into a chilly sky. It's the season for ghost stories. For Westerners, October calls up Halloween's roll call of creepy-crawlies: vampires and ghosts, witches and zombies. ...... Read More>>

Fading Voices: China’s Endangered Languages

Oct 23, 2014 Comments(1)

As the world becomes more interconnected, languages everywhere are dying out at an unprecedented rate. In China alone, 144 languages linger on the brink of extinction, most with no more than a few dozen speakers left. ... Read More>>

Understanding China: Essential Documentaries

Oct 22, 2014 Comments(3)

Documentaries can be an invaluable source of information and inspiration and we’ve picked out 5 great documentaries that illuminate different facets of life in contemporary China. ... Read More>>

Biting the Bullet: Going to the Dentist in China

Oct 20, 2014 Comments(3)

Going to the dentist in China is possible, and this is the complete expat’s guide to surviving that first foreign dentist visit, whether you want to get a professional clean, or definitely feel a cavity coming on. ... Read More>>

7 Tips on How to Prepare for a Health Emergency in China Hot

Oct 18, 2014 Comments(14)

I've never felt more panicked and frustrated in China then when dealing with a Chinese ambulance and medics in an emergency last summer. ... Read More>>

When the Unpleasant Strikes: Food Poisoning in China Hot

Oct 15, 2014 Comments(4)

This article takes a look at the situations where you are most likely to be struck down with a bout food poisoning, how to prevent it and how best to manage it in the event of an episode. ... Read More>>

What’s in a Name? Foreigners in China with a Chinese Name Hot

Oct 13, 2014 Comments(6)

Our names are the stamps of our identity, especially for the Chinese. So why is it that many Chinese themselves – especially those who immigrate – find the need to re-name themselves? Here, one British writer of Chinese descent recounts her experiences of ...... Read More>>

Culture Shock Reversed: 5 Things That Will Shock You When You Return Home Hot

Oct 08, 2014 Comments(23)

Many expats who return home after a prolonged stint in China find themselves suffering from a strange sense of displacement. Welcome to the world of reverse culture shock. ... Read More>>

Bad Luck in China: Avoid These Superstitions if You Can Hot

Oct 06, 2014 Comments(15)

Most people already know about the unlucky number four, which, in Chinese, sounds the same as death. Here, we take a look at some of the lesser-known superstitions in China that are related to bad luck. ... Read More>>

Smart and Practical: The Best Apps for Travelling in China Hot

Oct 04, 2014 Comments(0)

Smart phones have drastically changed the way we obtain information, almost rendering paperback dictionaries and travel books obsolete. From incredibly smart translating tools to up-to-date transport maps, here’s our list of essential apps for travelling ...... Read More>>

Gourmet or Insane? Outrageously Expensive Delicacies in China

Oct 01, 2014 Comments(8)

For many years, China has had an appetite for what Westerners would consider exotic and outrageously expensive delicacies. While Xi’s austerity measures have reigned in the prices, the following ‘treats’ are not for those with a light wallet. ... Read More>>

Inside the Sardine Can: Surviving Rush Hour in China

Sep 29, 2014 Comments(5)

With a population of 1.36 billion people as of 2013 and the concept of personal space being non-existent, it’s no wonder that trailing to work each and every day becomes a minefield in China. Here are some tips on how to survive the rush hour madness. ... Read More>>

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